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Pre-departure lounge Cape Town

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Pre-departure lounges

Luxury takes on a new dimension with The Blue Train. You'll feel it the moment you step into our pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town.

A warm-hearted welcome begins a journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail.

An hour before the train departs, you are ushered into a world which is made effortless by the ease of checking in. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail and appetising delicacy served from a butler's silver tray while your luggage is labelled and whisked away.

The stage is set; step on board and settle into your private suite. Bon voyage. The experience is about to begin.


The Blue Train is the ultimate definition of luxury in motion. You'll note it from the moment you step into your suite, which is transformed from an elegant, spacious lounge by day into a sanctuary of comfort at night.

All the suites are equipped with 100% percale cotton linen, goose down duvets and pillows and private bathrooms with marble vanity basins, marble wall and floor tiles, gold fittings, and a choice of shower or bath.

The suites include wardrobes with hangers.

All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style or write a postcard to someone special.

Each suite is a world on its own, with individually controlled air-conditioning and an entertainment centre with a choice of movie and radio channels. The suites also have under-floor heating in the rooms and bathrooms.

The Luxury suites are more spacious, offering a choice between twin or double beds with bath facilities. The luxury suite also boasts a selection of compact discs and movies on DVD.

Our De Luxe suites offer a choice between twin beds with a shower or double beds with a bath.

Elegant lounges

The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The interior, resplendent with original works of South African art adorning the walls, plush and comfortable couches and bouquets of flame lilies complementing the plush décor, makes the lounge car the ideal setting for sharing an apéritif with fellow guests, an interlude between meals, or after-dinner conversation over coffee.

The club car has the relaxed atmosphere of a gentlemen's club, with card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar. Guests can watch a short film about the train's route or enjoy a Cuban cigar and cognac before retiring for the night.

As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.

Fine dining

All our meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. Carefully selected South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train.

In keeping with the classical ambience of the dining car, lunch is a casual affair while dinner is formal with men requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant eveningwear. Guests may also wear traditional attire to dinner.

Personal service

Personal service of the highest calibre is standard on The Blue Train. As our guest, you will have a dedicated butler at your beck and call to ensure an unforgettable experience. A late-night snack? An early morning wake-up call? A dinner jacket in need of a little tender care? All this is a telephone call away. Your butler is waiting and ready.

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